Richard­son gets $42M deal to stay with Heat

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

MI­AMI – Josh Richard­son will go to Mi­ami Heat train­ing camp later this month with a new con­tract.

Richard­son and the Heat agreed Wed­nes­day on a fouryear ex­ten­sion that could be worth $42 mil­lion, a per­son with knowl­edge of the agree­ment told The As­so­ci­ated Press. The fourth year will be at Richard­son’s op­tion, said the per­son who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the team has not an­nounced the sign­ing.

The con­tract goes into ef­fect in the 2018-19 sea­son. Richard­son will make about $1.5 mil­lion this com­ing sea­son, and will likely be in the mix of can­di­dates vy­ing for the start­ing small for­ward spot with the Heat. The deal was not a sur­prise, given that Mi­ami of­fi­cials had in­di­cated re­peat­edly that they had no plans on let­ting Richard­son go else­where.

Richard­son is en­ter­ing his third sea­son with the Heat. He av­er­aged 10.2 points last sea­son, ap­pear­ing in 53 games and mak­ing 34 starts. He shot 46 per­cent from 3-point range as a rookie, then 33 per­cent from be­yond the arc last sea­son – af­ter miss­ing train­ing camp with a knee in­jury.

The Heat be­gin this sea­son’s train­ing camp Sept. 26.

Richard­son turns 24 on Fri­day. He was the No. 40 over­all pick by Mi­ami in the 2015 NBA draft af­ter a four-year ca­reer at Ten­nessee.

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